Meet the Authors

Msgr. Charles Pope
Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, a vibrant parish community in Washington, DC. A native of Chicago with a bachelor degree in computer science, his interest in the priesthood stemmed from his experience as a church musician. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and was ordained in 1989. A pastor since 2000, he also has led Bible studies in the U.S. Congress and at the White House in past years.

16 Replies to “Meet the Authors”

  1. Good morning Father,
    I write just to make a quick comment on the change of the look of your blog site. I liked the old look better.
    It won’t stop me from visiting every day to read the new content. Your writings are an inspiration to me and many others.
    I will get used to the new look, will just take a little time.

    God Bless!
    Mike U.
    College Park, MD

  2. Community in action, really? What does that mean? Is that secet code for SJW? I realize that you this is propaganda courtesy of the ADW. Carry on, nothing to see here.

  3. Msgr. Pope,

    I really enjoyed your homily yesterday (3/10) and I wanted an opportunity to ask if you had ever read ‘The Grand Inquisitor’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky and, if so, how you felt about the author’s insight into the temptations put to Jesus.

    Thank you, Andrew

  4. Reading the comments concerning your new format brings back memeories of C. Flowerday. Keep up the good work Monsignor. Life is like a box of sugar free mixed chocolats. You never know what you’re going to get but you know artificial sweetness by the unpleasant aftertaste it leaves with you.

  5. Msgr. Pope,
    Your blog is wonderful. Thank you for the piece of music, to which the comments are (sadly) closed.
    I appreciated both your thoughts and some specific details of which I had been unaware.
    Keep up the work, and blessings!

  6. Good morning Father,
    I feel such a sense of comfort in your writings. I am so joyful after reading you’re blog. I know there are those who cynically read this, and I confess I am riddled with that sin at times. But you help me see “that I remain confident of this, I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
    Peace be with you.
    Jerry H

  7. Here is my two cents. I just visited this site the first time today. I didn’t see the old site that others mentioned preferring, but I do want to say, that before I even read the article, I was very struck by the beauty of the site picture in a positive way. I even took a second look at it because I wondered why it stirred something in me. I grew up in the evangelical Christian tradition which had very different church interiors. The somber, yet elegant interior set a serious and reverent tone. By the picture, I expected to read something hopefully grounded in orthodox Christianity and thoughtful.

  8. Msgr. Charles Pope:

    From inordinate self-love, the root of every sin, spring the three concupiscences which St. John speaks of when he says: “For all that is in the world is the concupiscence of the flesh and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but of the world” (1 John 2:16).

    These three concupiscences are not from self-love, as much as they are ‘all in the world’. The ‘love of money’ is the ‘world’ as so often explained by Jesus through the apostle John. The present day ‘world system’ is a system that promotes ‘the love of money’, ‘The love of money’ system promotes and profits from all the evils of the world. All the addictions of the world such as gambling, drugs, alcohol, pornography, the entertainment industry, and hedonism are the by products of the ‘love of money’. Wars, abortion, and sex slavery are often the by products of ‘the love of money.’

    We cannot serve both God and money. Western capitalism is founded on the love of money and exists on the love of money.
    The one non-negotiable that should be proclaimed from the roof-tops is that every professing Christian cannot serve both God and money.

  9. I just listened to the radio broadcast about homosexuality. I have always believed we are made up of body and soul or flesh and spirit. At the time we are born our soul comes from heaven and enters our body and at death it leaves our body and returns to heaven. Everybody lives forever; whether they like it or not. Our sexuality is primarily spiritual. If at birth a female soul enters a male body he would be naturally attracted to another male. If a male soul or spirit enters a female body she would naturally be attracted to another female. This is of course because our sexuality is primarily spiritual.
    How then can they overcome this situation?

    1. Hi Roy. I want to try to understand your argument. First, I need to ask you, are ANY of your statements the beliefs of this or any church? Is every single clause your own personal beliefs?

      You spiritually belief within every lesbian is a male soul and all homosexuals are female souls trapped in male human form. After death, each and every Male and Female Soul lives FOREVER IN HEAVEN and there is nothing a body or soul can do about it.

      ROY. OUR SOULS DOES NOT HAVE SEXUALITY. If Anyone knows a Christian church that teaches differently, please let me know. After death, your soul (and mine and the popes) are not going to have sexual desire, no dating in heaven, souls getting laid. Its crazy that so many try to mash sexuality and religion. SEX-NATURAL WORLD
      LOVE (in it’s true form)- SPIRITUAL WORLD

      I am a heterosexual human male. I’m not “into” you buddy but I LOVE YOU ROY, ALWAYS.


  10. Dear Msg Pope
    I agree wholeheartedly that the wording of Our Father should not be changed.
    First – in Latin, the prayer clearly states “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. Second. In Psalm 1, there are 2 paths – holiness or wickedness. We are asking the Holy Spirit for help to not be tempted to sin or to become deceived or misled by the father of lies, and then we ask to be protected from those who would seek to harm us, recalling other Psalms that state: “protect us under the shadow of your wings”. It is the Blessed Mother who will offer us the sure refuge through her intercession as she is co-redemptoress that crushed the head of Satan. We are also given a Guardian Angel to protect us. So we are asking that our Guardian Angel and all the Angels will protect us.

    Thank you for boldly defending tradition!!

    May the Holy Spirit through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, be our guide in this modern world to “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”!

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